George Fox

GEORGE FOX, Sec. 35; P.O. Oregon; born in 1820 in County Westmeath, Ireland; son of the rev. William and Ellen (Lynn) Fox, who emigrated to the United States in 1834, with six children; they first settled near Tecumseh, Mich., then went to LaGrange Co., Ind., in 1842 (autumn), his elder brother, Dr. William H. Fox, and himself drove a horse across the country to Chicago, and with the same horse and buggy came via Crystal Lake, Delavan and Janesville to Madison, thence by circuitous course to the small prairie where their farms were located; Harvey Bush guided them to it, describing it as fine land, but in such an out-of-way place; George Fox entered 120 acres, spent the winter in Michigan City, and in June, 1843, brought out his wife and two children for permanent settlement; built a 16×20 log house, the first erected by this now noted family of Dane County pioneers-and lived in it thirteen years, it being the gathering place of relatives, who soon joined him.  He married in Indiana, Catherine Keenan, who was born in King’s Co., Ireland and came to the New World in 1838; they have six living children-Philip Fox, M.D., of Madison; Ellen (Mrs. Dr. Wilson), William Fox, M.D., of Milwaukee; Maria (Mrs. Theodore Colladay), Katie (Mrs. G. Barry, of Oregon), and Addie; Mr. and Mrs. Fox now enjoy the comforts of a good home, a farm of 320 acres, and a substantial stone house built in 1856.  Mr. Fox, hale, erect, and ruddy, is a fine representative of the pioneers of thirty-seven years ago.  His wife is member of the Roman Catholic Church.  He is, in politics, Independent, supporting men and principles irrespective of parties.Reference: Western Historical Co. (1880). History of Dane County, Wisconsin.

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